Rural communities in Kenya are some of the worst-hit by the COVID-19 crisis, with many having lost their jobs and unable to meet their family’s most basic food needs.
That is why residents of the Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate on Ol Pejeta have come together to donate food hampers to 66 households from the Tutuu village in Laikipia North. The hampers consisted of 20kgs of maize flour, 20 kgs of rice, 20kgs of beans, 2kgs of cooking oil, 6 bars of soap and 1kg of salt. The hampers are estimated to last each household 60 days, and were handed out alongside Laikipia County officials, ensuring that all physical distancing and hygiene measures were observed.
“With people not moving around as much, getting enough business has been very hard,” said Gikuhi, a resident of the village and a ‘bodaboda’ (motorbike taxi) driver. “This has made it extremely challenging for me to feed my family of five - especially with the schools closed and the children at home. Thank you to everyone who is keeping us in their thoughts, this package will be very useful for me and my family.”
We would like to say a huge thank you to the MKWE homeowners who reminded all of us that we can all do something to help those in need during this global crisis.